Also today I’m delighted to welcome Guy Rolands on to my blog with a guest post on the blog tour of Miss Smith Commits the Perfect Crime? Enjoy!
book blurb & info
Recovering from a brutal attack where she was savagely raped, university student Sam Smith attempts to rebuild her life and overcome the ongoing effects of her ordeal. Her ultimate goal is to bring her assailant to justice, but before she can do so her life and loves take a series of intriguing turns as she continues her sometimes unconventional education.
Eventually she is able to identify her attacker and decides to exact retribution in her own particular style, but during her preparations Sam becomes aware that her every move is being tracked by a mysterious organisation. To avoid detection by the police and also her hidden watchers, Sam Smith attempts to commit the perfect crime. However in the aftermath of her vigilante action events change rapidly to bring about a most unexpected outcome.
Miss Smith Commits the Perfect Crime? is the first book in the Sam Smith Adventure Series and can be read as a standalone.
Formats available: eBook. Available on Kindle Unlimited
guest post by guy rolands
When I started out writing, I realized that to have any credibility, I needed to base my characters loosely on people I had met and to use the locations that I knew reasonably well. Fortunately, during my long career as a TV producer and director, I have met some amazing people and subsequently as a lecturer on around fifty cruises, I have visited a vast number of intriguing places.
When I was working on the British Fashion Awards, we used a mixture of top models and extremely attractive dancers in this annual production. It was a nineteen-year-old beauty that provided the initial inspiration for my heroine Sam Smith. She was slim, athletic, naturally blonde and oozed a kind of naive sex appeal. The crew, including our camp choreographer, couldn’t do enough for her.
We rehearsed in a rather grim area of South London, and many of the girls had their boyfriends pick them up at the end of the day. To my surprise, one of the models had a vicar as a boyfriend. (Clearly a pair of characters for another book?) However, what struck me was that many of these extremely beautiful women had what I considered to be most unlikely partners. Not to put too fine a point on it, they were downright ugly and/or dirty and unkempt. I found this incredibly odd, and it stuck in my mind.
One couple, because of their striking contrast, was dubbed by the crew as Beauty and the Beast, an episode that I have unashamedly taken and used in the book. This particularly visually unattractive specimen in the partnership was partly the inspiration when I came to create the character of Ari Levi, who becomes my heroine Sam Smith’s lover when she lives in Germany. He is also based on a stunt man I knew, whose slight stature belied his immense strength and skill. This enabled him to act as a ‘double’ and ‘stand-in’ for stars in dangerous situations as his body did not show signs of the overt muscular development of really strong men.
The section below is when Ari Levi first comes into Sam Smiths life.
… suddenly they turned into an alleyway. She screamed as loudly as she could, but a third man put his hand over her mouth, stifling the noise. Struggling with all her might, she was unable to break free. The men kept moving her towards a cobbled square at the end of the alleyway. Suddenly Sam knew what terrible danger she was in. She’d been here before. The odds were three to one, but this time she’d go down fighting: fighting for her life.
Ari Levi was what you might call a nodding acquaintance. When he saw fellow student Sam in the German lectures, he nodded politely. Frequently they bumped into each other in the gym, and they nodded politely. In fact, whenever their paths crossed, they nodded politely. Ari admired her beauty and graceful athletic prowess on the exercise machines, and he would have loved to get know her better, but he was a realist: a beautiful woman like that could have her pick of any man on the campus, and she would be unlikely to spend the time of day with a plain-looking guy like him. However, there was more to Ari than met the eye. When he saw Sam being taken obviously against her will and heard her muffled scream, he leapt into action.
about the author
Guy Caplin worked in television broadcasting for over 40 years and is one of the few people to have achieved success in both the technical and artistic branches of the medium. He has worked with many celebrities including, the Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Hope and Maria Callas.
He moved to ITV’s Yorkshire Television in 1969 as a Producer and Director of Sport, Outside Broadcasts and special events. Among the many programmes he devised was the quiz programme “Winner Takes All” fronted by Jimmy Tarbuck and Geoffrey Wheeler, which under his tenure was regularly amongst the Top Ten TV programmes and twice reached the coveted Number One Spot.
When the final series of the hit American programme Dallas ran into technical problems in Hollywood in 1989, Guy left YTV and joined a UK broadcast engineering company to try to come up with a solution. The solution proposed resulted in the creation of the DEFT process, which although too late to be used on Dallas, was used initially on the Simpsons and subsequently on Friends, Frasier, Superman and many others America series. DEFT was awarded an Emmy for outstanding technical achievement.
Back in the UK Guy owned and ran a company creating video productions for both broadcast and industry, was a freelance trainer at the BBC and a visiting tutor at the National School of Film and Television
For the past thirteen years Guy has also been regular lecturer for P&O cruises and Cunard and has effectively travelled twice around the world.
Now, having closed his video company, he spends his time writing under the name of Guy Rolands and has now completed four novels in the Sam Smith Adventure series. Having worked all over the world and encountered hundreds of remarkable characters, his experiences provide colour and intrigue to his work.
Where to find Guy online: Facebook
Organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Guy for coming over and sharing a post with us.
Have a wonderful day everyone!
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